Importance occurs when something is given excessive significance. It is an excess potential in its pure form, during the elimination of which the the equilibrium forces create problems for the individual responsible for creating the potential. There are two kinds of importance: Internal and External.
Internal or Personal importance is manifested as an overestimation of one’s virtues or shortcomings. The formula of internal importance goes like this: “I am an important person” or “I have an important job”. When the arrow of importance goes off the scale, equilibrium forces go to work and the “hot shot” gets a flick on the nose. Those who “do important jobs” are also in for a disappointment: their work will either be of no use to anyone, or will be done badly. There is also a reverse side to it, an understatement of the ones own qualities, self-humiliation. In both cases the magnitude of the excessive potential is the same, the difference is only in polarity.
External importance is also artificially created by a person when he attaches too great a significance to an object or an event . Its formula is: “This is of large significance to me” or “It is very important that I do this.” An excess potential is created and the whole thing goes to ruin.
Imagine that you have to go across a log that is lying on the ground, easy! And now you have to walk across the same log, only that this time it has been placed between two skyscrapers. Walking across the log without falling is of great importance to you, and you won’t be able to convince yourself otherwise.« Back to Glossary Index